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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, watches the arrival of people and baggage from the grandstand balcony at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine stands in profile at far left in cross-patterned top on balcony. People unload baggage from four trucks in center while others walk along road at bottom right. Luggage is stacked against wall near doors below grandstand balcony at top left. Barracks extend into distance at top right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 48. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 48. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 48.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 53 of book. Observing such scenes inspired Okubo to keep a record of camp life.

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